Title: Initiative
Author: Cindy Brewer
email: cindybre74@a...
Disclaimer: I don't own them so please don't sue :)
Archive: Sure just let me know where so I can visit
Couple: J/D
Summary: Donna comes up with a plan to make Josh see the light :)
Spoilers: General second season
Notes: This is set between "The Drop In" and "Bartlet's 3rd State of the Union". I can't remember what month 'The Drop in' is set during but if it conflicts with the show's timeline just consider it a plot device.:) Many thanks to Amanda for betaing.

CJ Cregg glanced at her watch with amazement. She hit the face of it several times to make sure it was working correctly. If it was telling the right time she was actually home before six thirty on a week day....will wonders never cease.

CJ pulled open her purse and began digging for her apartment key as she walked down the hallway toward her apartment. She was so engrossed with her task that she didn't see the human form sitting with it's back against the door.

Finally locating the wayward key ring CJ stopped in front of her apartment nearly tripping over Josh.

"Joshua, are you trying to give me a heart attack?"CJ asked as she took several steps back. It was only then that she saw the disheartened look on her friend's face. "What's wrong?

Josh met her gaze a grim smile crossing his face. "Would everything be too much of a broad answer?"

CJ took his right arm and gently tugged him to his feet. "Come on....let's go inside and you can tell me what's going on."


As Donna entered the West Wing she was relieved to see that Sam's office light was still on. All the other offices were closed or dark.

Donna paused in front of Sam's door and knocked quietly. She had only stopped at home briefly so she knew she must look like hell. Her eyes were red rimmed and puffy from crying and her hair was wind blown.

"Come."Sam's muffled voice replied.

Donna opened the door and saw that Sam was nearly buried under a pile of manila folders, legal pads and computer printouts. "I'm sorry....you're busy....I'll talk to you later."

Sam's head snapped up. "Donna? Where have you been? Margaret's been trying to reach you for hours."

Donna stepped into the room and closed the door behind her. It was only then that Sam saw that she had been crying.

Sam quickly picked up the stack of papers that was sitting on his lap and put them on his desk.

"Donna? What happened?"Sam asked anxiously as he stood and walked around the corner of his desk.

Donna shook her head fighting to keep the tears at bay. "I-I don't want to talk about it. I just came to see if you could make sure Josh gets this tomorrow. If I put it on his desk he won't find it for six months."

Sam took the piece of paper from her shaking hand and quickly scanned it before crumpling it up into a ball and tossing it into the wastebasket.

"Sam!"Donna protested as she watched her carefully worded resignation bounce around the metal wastebasket before settling on the bottom.

Sam took her arm and led her over to a chair. "If you think I'm giving Josh that forget it."

Donna stood eyes flashing. "Fine I'll give it to him myself."

"No you're not."Sam replied firmly as he placed a hand on her shoulder forcing her to sit back down. "You're going to tell me what happened so we can fix it."

"It's not fixable Sam."Donna said miserably as she shook her head.

"Tell me anyway."Sam prompted as he pulled a chair over so he was sitting across from her.


CJ took two bottles of beer out of her refrigerator and handed one to Josh along with the bottle opener. "Here."

"Thanks."Josh replied as he took the bottle and quickly opened it.

CJ sat down on the sofa next to him. "So what happened with Donna?"she asked as she turned to face him.

Josh handed her the bottle opener and took a swallow of beer before answering. "How do you know it has to do with Donna?"

"The look on your face."CJ replied as she opened her beer and tossed the cap and the bottle opener on the coffee table. "Did you confront her about her engagement to Marbury?"

Josh avoided her gaze as he absently traced the rim of the bottle. "I'm surprised that you didn't see through it, Claudia Jean."

CJ took a sip of beer before replying. "See through what?"

Josh slumped back into the cushions of the sofa. "The Marbury/Moss engagement."


"It was fake, CJ, all of it."Josh replied bitterly as he downed half of the beer.

"What?"CJ asked with surprise. If it was one thing that Donna Moss was not it was devious....she didn't have a lying bone in her body.

Josh stared at the ceiling. "Add this one to the record books, Claudia Jean. Donnatella Moss lied."

Chapter 19



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